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Parts of the brain

Children in Wescott learn that their brains are AMAZING!

They find out about 3 different parts of the brain and their special jobs.

The amygdala is our guard dog who keeps us safe from danger.

The prefrontal cortex is our wise owl who is in charge of our thinking.

The hippocampus stores information so we can remember.

The children learn that if they are upset, worried or angry then their guard dog barks (to protect them from danger) but the barking upsets the owl and the hippo so their brains find it impossible to think properly and learn well.

We learn some different strategies to help calm our guard dog so that our brains are happy and ready to learn. Please click on the links below.

how feelings affect learning

At Wescott we learn that all feelings are normal and natural but that their brains find it difficult to work properly if they are angry, worried or frustrated. We talk about the importance of sharing their feelings with a trusted adult.

The link below tells the story of "The Huge Bag of Worries"

We learn that happy brains think and learn best so we discuss of lots of ways to create a happy classroom.

The link below tells the story of "The Pig of Happiness" and shows us how we have the power to create our own happiness and spread it to others.





Perseverance, curiosity and resilience

The children also learnin about the importance of perseverance, curiosity and resilience.

The story, The Most Magnificent Thing, illustrates these qualities.

Please click on the link below to hear the story at home.

The children also learn about the importance of having a go and that mistakes are a good and normal part of learning.

They learn how mindful listening and feedback can help them improve and ...

they learn the magic power of the word YET!

The links below are a fantastic resource to help discuss these subjects at home.



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